Childhood in Costa Rica – Interview with Boris Bansbach


Childhood in Costa Rica – Musicians in Germany

Boris Bansbach gives saxophone lessons in the MUFAB

Childhood characterizes a person very much. Different impressions and events are recorded and processed in the course of life.

Saxophonist Boris Bansbach spent part of his childhood in Costa Rica. Here he was able to gather many impressions that also affected his life and work in Germany. In a refreshingly critical reflection, Boris Bansbach talks about his time in Costa Rica, about responsibility in working with his students and about the question of why one actually makes music.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Singing in the distance, inspiration for life
  • If the “one” is missing
  • Music and retirement
  • Teacher and personal trainer
  • The Euregio Project Aachen Big Band
  • Openness and critical thinking in the classroom

Music in the program

  1. “Con Los Anos Que Me Quedon”, “Gloria Estefan”, CD “Mitíera”, 1993
  2. “Innocent Blues”, “Brussels Jazz Orchestra”, CD “The Music of Bert Joris”, 2001
  3. “Twentysomething”, “Jamie Cullum”, CD “Twentysomething”, 2004

Boris Bansbach

“I would call myself a diplomatic person”

Boris Bansbach with his students in concert

Boris Bansbach was born in 1971 in Aachen. At age 5, he emigrated with his parents to Costa Rica, spent 8 years there and found some detours back to Aachen.

He describes himself as a “victim of the 80s”. Saxophone tunes from some hits of the 80s such as “Careless Whisper” (George Michael, 1984) motivated him to buy a saxophone. The beginning of a great passion. Or maybe even the continuation of what he recorded in his childhood. By constantly singing together in the family and friends, he could, as he says, “take the love to sing”.

In the 90s he received his education at the conservatory Arnhem (NL) with Jörg Kaufmann and Jorrit Dijkstra.

In the Euregio Aachen Boris Bansbach is no stranger. Here he works today as a freelance saxophonist, arranger and saxophone teacher.

He is a member of the Aachen Big Band, as well as many other formations from the region, ranging from Salsa to Swing, Rock & Pop, to North African Rai music. He founded the Latin saxophone band Viento Sur, for which he arranged and composed.

He also leads the Big Band of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and the Mufab Big Band. He also participated in various theater productions of the Grenzlandtheater Aachen and the Theater K.

On stage, he captivates audiences and fellow musicians alike. As a teacher, he is a mentor, promoter and mirror image of his students.